Mat-Su Health Foundation



Date Posted

August 11, 2023

Job Category

Mat-Su Health Foundation (MSHF) seeks a Chief Community Impact Officer (CCIO) to lead the next evolution of the foundation’s programmatic and philanthropic work. The CCIO is an essential member of the executive leadership team fulfilling a bold vision to improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Mat-Su). Striving for equity and experienced in using epidemiological and public health approaches to ignite community action, the CCIO will catalyze systems’ improvements and connect the Foundation’s mission and vision into population health impacts across Mat-Su’s many peoples.

Target salary range is $149,500 – $179,500 with full benefits package.


Reporting to the CEO and as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the CCIO facilitates discovery, informs prevention-focused solutions, and supports analysis to reinforce mission alignment. The CCIO embraces the organization’s values of prevention, access, wellness, fairness, equity, collaboration, and leadership. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Provide oversight, direction, mentorship, and change management; ensuring effective and efficient collaboration across the organization to achieve strategic goals and board directives.
  • Champion a learning organization and oversee implementation of the Foundation’s Theory of Change, which takes epidemiological and community-driven approaches to inform strategy and investments.
  • Create tangible alignment between the organization’s strategic plan, the and metrics, and the annual operating plan that defines where and how MSHF allocates its resources.
  • Serve as an ambassador of MSHF; represent the organization at the local, state, and national level, which includes up to 25% travel.

Health Equity

  • Foster a healthy, inclusive, and productive organizational culture; model and be part of creating an environment that promotes great performance and positive morale.

Oversight and Cross-Collaboration

  • Provide visionary leadership to the program team; set strategic direction that elevates the engagement of each team member and allows programs to thrive independently and collaboratively.
  • Directly supervise director of data and impact, director of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su, director of Connect Mat-Su, and two senior program officers overseeing scholarships, grants focus areas, and identified initiatives.
  • Facilitate cross-program collaboration that aligns to organizational goals, leverages diverse strengths of each program for collective success, and blends programmatic impacts into a cohesive strategic vision and deepens community engagement.
  • Support program leaders in the development of a combined annual programmatic budget of approximately $19M; work with Chief Financial Officer to monitor progress.
  • Work with program staff to create a process for generation and due diligence for individual grants exceeding $5M. Help to define and implement board-adopted goals for the $15M MacKenzie .
  • Serve as liaison for the programmatic work of the foundation to the Board of Directors; including of MSHF’s Program and Health Equity Committees of the Board
  • In partnership with Senior Program Officers and Directors, operationalize strategies, goals and plans of the Foundation; creating necessary policies, procedures, and workflows to optimize efficiency and quality.
  • In partnership with Director of Data and Impact, evaluate the impact of the foundation’s investments and initiatives; update, create, and deploy evaluation tools to strengthen cross-program integration; use data as a framework for communication regarding the community’s health and the foundation’s work.
  • Work with the President/CEO to ensure that the philanthropic initiatives and hospital ownership of the foundation reach maximum synergy in alignment with the foundation’s strategic plan and in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, which mandates completion of a triennial Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan.

Internal and External Relationships

  • In partnership with the Executive Leadership Team, cultivate relationships with key partners and stakeholders
  • Work with the President/CEO and the Chief Communications Officer to effectively tell the story of the foundation’s impact and engage the community in helping to realize the vision.
  • Engage in the community, serve as a resource for connecting MSHF’s programmatic work and outcomes to the well-being portfolio and public health;
  • Intentionally communicate MSHF strategy and outcomes to identified community health needs, addressing challenges and opportunities



  • Master’s degree in public health, public administration, social work or related field or 10 years of progressive experience in related environments with demonstrated leadership skills

Skills and Expertise

  • Commitment to epidemiological, public health framework.
  • At least 5 years of experience working with diverse communities, coalitions, and/or groups on health and social issues
  • A minimum of of organizational management experience, including coaching, managing, and developing high-performing teams; experience guiding and empowering large teams managing diverse and complex programs and services
  • Solid understanding and experience in public health principles, systems change, and community outreach.
  • Proven ability to nurture and sustain relationships and work effectively in collaboration
  • Experience fostering learning and growth in service to equity-centered practices and culture;
  • Expertise in policy and movement building to advance equity work
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to think strategically, politically, and programmatically
  • Alaska and Mat-Su knowledge and experience preferred
  • Demonstrated self-motivated conduct with excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Experience with collective impact models
  • Demonstrated organizational development experience, including leading and managing change
  • Preferred industry experience with foundations, health systems, or nonprofit organizations

Application Process

To apply, email your credentials to Applicants should include a resume and cover letter describing interest and qualifications. For questions, contact Ryan Smith, lead recruiter, at Communications will be treated in confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

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About the Organization

Mat-Su Health Foundation is a place-based funder with a goal to measurably improve the health and wellness of Alaskans living in the Matanuska Susitna Borough (Mat-Su), while improving the quality of healthcare and reducing healthcare costs through the intersection of its philanthropy and hospital ownership. Because of its public charity status, MSHF is uniquely suited to deploy its assets strategically and patiently and to tolerate volatility in the grantmaking budget based on community and project readiness.

MSHF is responsive to the health needs of the community. Programmatic bodies of work include five philanthropic focus areas: Healthy Minds, Healthy Families, Healthy Futures, Healthy Aging, and Healthy Foundations and two initiatives: R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness) and Connect Mat-Su.

In the last 15 years, MSHF increased its ownership percentage in Mat-Su Regional Medical Center from 25% to 35%, ensuring a greater percentage of hospital profits remain in Mat-Su. Additionally, MSHF grew its balance sheet from $78M in assets to $330M in 2021, increased its community benefit payout from $2M to $19M and growing, and grew the staff from four to 29. The Foundation has leveraged millions in investments from state and national funders to Mat-Su, resulting in significant economic impact in jobs and wages and increased capital investment from its LLC partner to add more licensed beds and services, including behavioral health. MSHF has established itself as a credible source of Mat-Su health data, analysis, and recommendations. Through community partnerships, it has achieved significant population level health outcomes for Mat-Su residents and strengthened the continuum of care for behavioral health, child welfare, crisis response, transportation, senior services, and prevention.


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